TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Vegas' Up; 'Happy Endings', Don't Trust the B', 'New Girl' & 'The New Normal' Hit Series Lows

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November 21st, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/7 2.3/6 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.7/6 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.913 6.337 3.809 3.249 7.013 1.243

CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49 and  with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 3.3, down six tenths from last week's 3.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Go On was even with last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  The New Normal. garnered a series-low 1.6, down two tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood  notched a 1.6, down three tenths from the 1.9 it earned last week

On CBS, NCIS earned a 3.0,down a tenth from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. NCIS: Los Angeles was even with last week's 2.8, adults 18-49. Vegas notched a 1.8, up two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars was flat with last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Happy Endings earned a series low 1.2, down a tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Don't Trust the B in Apt 23also hit a series low, earning a 0.9 down two tenths from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Private Practice earned a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Raising Hope scored a 1.5 down a tenth from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Ben and Kate was even with the 1.1 it earned last week. New Girl earned a series low 2.0, down two tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. The Mindy Project notched a 1.3, down three tenths after last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Hart of Dixie scored a 0.5, down a tenth from the 0.6 it earned last week. Emily Owens M.D. was even with last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, November 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice 3.3 10 9.33
CBS NCIS 3.0 9 16.47
ABC Dancing With the Stars: All Stars 1.9 6 12.87
FOX Raising Hope 1.5 5 3.69
CW Hart of Dixie 0.5 1 1.21
8:30PM FOX Ben and Kate 1.1 3 2.52
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.8 8 15.06
NBC Go On 2.2 6 6.21
FOX New Girl 2.0 5 4.09
ABC Happy Endings 1.2 3 4.87
CW Emily Owens MD 0.4 1 1.27
9:30PM NBC The New Normal 1.6 4 4.35
FOX The Mindy Project 1.3 4 2.69
ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 0.9 3 3.20
10:00PM CBS Vegas 1.8 5 10.20
NBC Parenthood 1.6 5 4.52
ABC Private Practice 1.2 3 4.14


Via Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night: 

*	In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3;
"Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in
metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.3/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People
Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2
with an encore).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25
markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Petar Ivanov

    If you have bad day and you need to laugh read here:


    ABC PRs are freaks man. Freaks.

  • Fred

    Voice is best with the blindfolds on. Hence lower ratings in recent weeks. Also holiday travel/preparations are not helping matters.

    ABC’s sitcoms can’t compete with NBC and FOX comedies. What a shame because I find HE hilarious most of the time.

  • ash

    The only “win” I can see is that Go on maintained a 2.2 even though voice dropped from 3.9 to 3.3.. ( it may drop to a 2.1 in final ratings )

  • badman

    what a mess… all ratings suck tonight! EVERYTHING IS REALLY LOW!!! this season is the proof that nielsen ratings system sucks.. it’s not working.. i am not defending any show, all show’s ratings are really down since last year.. like new girl, abc comedies, parenthood, ncis & ncis:la! everything!!!

  • MDM

    Wow, November Sleeps. I can only guess people are busy with travel TG preparation. Ben and Kate, New Girl, and Mindy were all great last night.

  • aiden

    the voice is down!!!!!!

  • Rick Wright

    I don’t understand the direction of New Girl anymore. I thought this was a show about Zooey being quirky? Has that concept been abandoned? It is like a typical sitcom now. What happened?

  • Steph

    I hope after The Voice goes away NCIS ratings will rise because I think this is their best season yet.

  • T

    Not that it matters, but I think that is the first time total viewers has been higher for EO than HoD besides the pilot. Kind of interesting.

  • Babygate

    Hilarious that people hate The Neighbors when it does so much better than any of the Tuesday programming. It’s time to put The B and HE out of their misery. The ratings never supported a renewal and its not like they are high quality shows. They are both terrible. I like HE because I really like the cast, but let’s face it, the show is not funny, at all. As far as Private Practice, ABC can be proud of killing it by switching nights. And the new format this season is not helping. The character focused episodes are risky because you end up getting too much of someone people don’t like. It just feels like ABC is just trying to burn off the episodes and move on to the next show. People are not even tuning in to see how the story ends. They don’t care. And the poor writing doesn’t help.

  • Jason

    But The Voice is the number 1 rated show in the demos for the night and no other show has come close to it on Tuesdays if it’s at least topping all other shows on any one night. Cable is to blame, not the other major networks.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Imagine what spring ratings will be……..especially in april and may.

    From now i see it: most 10 pm shows around 1.0 like friday shows. 8 pm will drop a lot too after hours change.

  • bros

    @Samunto, most reviewers I saw much preferred Ben and Kate over Mindy Project. Shame that Ben and Kate isn’t doing as well as it should. Although it is probably much cheaper to produce than Mindy, so that might save it if Mindy continues its drop

  • were123

    WTF happened to Tuesdays?! Ratings are incredibly low!
    New Girl better rebound soon, I know a 2.0 in FOX is far from danger, but still not good. FOX is becoming the new NBC, maybe faster than anyone could expect (I believe that not even X Factor could hit 3 for them last week)

  • LT

    Every comedy on fox sucks. New Girl is already past it’s mediocre prime. Dechanel has always been annoying. People are catching on now.

  • Bri

    Petar Ivanov

    “ME: as i said NOT even one 9 pm show hit 3.0 and NOT even one 10 pm show hit 2.0 = new reality”

    Same with Thursday, only show at 9pm which hit a 3.0 on a REGULAR base ( before you point out that POI did last week, it doesn’t on a regular base) is Grey. On Wednesday CM and Modern family hit a 3.0 or more and on Monday NBC and CBS do hit a 3.0 or more. Many shows do hit a 2.0 or more at 10pm so no it isn’t a new reality, just ratings for the thanksgiving week which are almost always down. Will probably be ugly for CBS, NBC and FOX tomorrow.

  • Dan S

    All I can say about last nights ratings are people got a jump on the holiday. Pity about poor Apt 23, you can stick a fork in it now it’s done. So are other comedies like B&K, TMP & HE. Nice to see Vegas win its timeslot & more than doubles its total viewership over Parenthood.

  • Ted Craig

    Apt. 23 has many reasons for its failure, but part of it is being up against The New Normal. Apt. 23 is a gay surrogate show, like Sex in the City. The demo is too small for two shows at the same time.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Like I said on the R/C Index, cancel Hart of Dixie (and no, I’ve never watched a single episode of TSC).


    @ Rebecca

    Watched American Masters last night on PBS for David Geffen & not one mention of Siouxsie & the Banshees! Watched RH On Demand earlier this AM & like you, rarely watch the Nets live anymore. At least with your age you would be measured by Nielsen, unlike yours truly!

    Your Bingo rings true. I’m leaving to see “Life of Pi” shortly, so Happy Thanksgiving & remember: CARBS DON’T COUNT tomorrow or Friday!

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